July 2008 Blog Posts (207)

The Danger of Religion

We hear many words to describe religion, but we rarely discuss the danger religion poses. To see the danger of religion one has only to read the daily news. Today, for instance, the AP news service reports that “Suicide bombers struck a Shiite pilgrimage in Baghdad and a Kurdish protest rally in northern Iraq on Monday, killing at least 57 people and wounding nearly 300….” We might make the mistake of attributing this violence to extremists of a certain religion or sect, but that ignores all… Continue

Added by Terry Osburn-Sharff on July 28, 2008 at 10:45am — 2 Comments

The lab pixies strike again

My protein, a dark, evil mistress from hell, refused to fold on command like her nicely behaving homologous sister. A year into assaying folding and buffer conditions with only slight improvement, I went the mutagenesis route.



After doing all sort of skippy victory dances when I finally got my mutant, I transformed some nice bacteria, grew them and burst them. So I'm, at last, folding the protein again. I expect no problems, I tried folding some of my incomplete mutant and it… Continue

Added by Madeline (Brigit) on July 28, 2008 at 9:02am — No Comments

Conversations with God

I'm a little groggy this morning, so, once again, it's time to talk to God.



Me: Good morning, God.

God: How are you this fine morning?

Me: I'm fine. There was that shooting at the Universalist church yesterday that I just found out about. That's a bit of a bummer.

God: Glad to hear it. What's new? What happened? A bit of a bummer is a terrible thing to waste.

Me: Uh...um...yeah. What's new with you, God?

God: Really. Ugh. A deeper algorithm is needed to… Continue

Added by IsThatLatin on July 28, 2008 at 8:16am — No Comments

Transitional fossils

Transitional fossils are under attack, the ultimate straw man argument.

Everywhere you look these days, ignorant people who are caught up in the delusion of theism are calling out one mantra in a loud voice, "show me the transitional fossils".

No other request is so poignantly telling as this. Transitional Fossils like half bird and half lizard, or half monkey and half homo-sapiens. It’s a request that tells us that they don’t know that they don’t know. That is about as bad as… Continue

Added by DaVinci on July 28, 2008 at 7:24am — No Comments

'Take off your hat!'

I shot a wedding in a Catholic church yesterday.



It was at a church in the middle of Delano, California and that church was surrounded by churches of all sorts of denominations. In this town, every street has a church and I can understand why - if you lived in Delano, you'd need religion too.



The lead photographer, our assistant and I arrive at the church and we begin to set up our cameras, getting test shots and figuring out where we can be to get the best shots. In order… Continue

Added by Jenny on July 27, 2008 at 7:32pm — 1 Comment

Doug Harringtons Books from American Samoa.

During a near death expeierence suffered by the Author, Doug Harrington on March 08, 1995, he actually traveled through the Infamous Tunnel that all religous fanatics are so insistant in glorifying.



This inspired the Book {The Fear of Living} which is based on the near Death Expierence that took place in American Samoa, a United States Territory located 14deg. South of the Equator. {Well known as Pago pago}



Doug entered in to the NDE as much of a beleiver as could be… Continue

Added by Doug Harrington on July 27, 2008 at 5:30pm — No Comments

Staring into the abyss of stupidity

Link to my post

Added by Kristjan Wager on July 27, 2008 at 3:41pm — No Comments

Believers Anonymous - A 12 Step Program to Intellectual Enlightenment

I thought you might find this useful.
12 Steps to Intellectual Enlightenment

Added by Neece on July 27, 2008 at 3:00pm — 6 Comments

knock-knock

Yesterday as my husband had a great morning. We'd gone out for breakfast, made the weekly Wally World run and were overall just enjoying each other's company. We'd just pulled into the driveway and started to unload the car when a big ol' honkin' SUV full of people pulls in behind us. We live in a rural area and generally if someone we don't know pulls into the driveway, they're either lost or they're knock-knock fundies of some variety or another. Well, these people were not lost but they… Continue

Added by Oh-Oh-Oreo on July 27, 2008 at 1:03pm — 4 Comments

Which Came First? The Data or the Result?

It would seem that vjack at Atheist Revolution and I are on the same wave-length this morning. Today, he blogs about a study linking serotonin with spirituality and I'm blogging about this "study." Apparently, Oxford University professor Oliveria Pertovich is claiming that we are hardwired for belief in God, not atheism.



Well, I find a number of problems with this, but I'm no Oxford University professor, so what do I know? I do find this bothersome, though...…



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Added by IsThatLatin on July 27, 2008 at 10:36am — No Comments

"The New Order of Hawkeyes Divine Deliverance"

"The New Order of Hawkeyes Divine Deliverance" is designed to afford a vessel for those who are strapped by either Culture, Religion, or for lack of counsuling on the subject of Free Thinking.

In American Samoa, the poor people are being bled of their meager earnings in the name of God, Jesus, Religion, and Culture.

These people do not stand a chance of standing up for themselves as individuals when it comes down to selection between Christianaty, and Free Thinking.

(90% ) of… Continue

Added by Doug Harrington on July 27, 2008 at 2:00am — 5 Comments

Bad Religion, bad bad religion

Frankly I don't know much about Bad Religion, but I stumbled across some lyrics and was delighted to find that I agreed with the sentiments. I've heard before they are an atheist band, but you know how that goes.



NEW DARK AGES by Bad Religion



Yeah can you hear the call in our rambling land susurrations,

That can expand beyond all hope of light and plunge us into unrelenting night



A pall on truth and reason,

It feels like hunting season

So avoid… Continue

Added by Jessicah on July 26, 2008 at 8:46pm — No Comments

The Bible vs. Love





Moral dilemmas are our gadflies, the weak spots of any philosophy, and by extension, of any religion. When one highly esteemed virtue battles with another of equal merit, reflective people the world over turn to their philosophy or faith to make peace between the two. But how would your favorite life-enhancing ethic deal with the following:

  • Does your duty to “crown & country” outweigh your…
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Added by NH Baritone on July 26, 2008 at 7:00pm — 1 Comment

What I'm reading.

I'm reading "Sense of Goodness Without God" by Richard Carrier

and

I'm reading "C++ All-In-One Desk Reference For Dummies" by Jeff Cogswell


and

I'm waiting for "Game Programming All In One" by Bruno Miguel Teixeira de Sousa

Added by Adrian on July 26, 2008 at 5:03pm — No Comments

A NEW NON-SECTARIAN SECT FOR NON-BELIEVERS

PREFACE:



Anyone who has ever met me knows I am rabidly anti-religion. Believing in the unbelievable, taking preposterous notions “on faith”, insisting that books written by people actually contain the words of some supernatural entity, are all anathema to me. The dogma and precepts of any organized religion strike me as both hilariously silly and dangerously evil. Eight-plus decades of questioning, thousands of days spent poring over “holy” books, infinite hours of introspection and… Continue

Added by Ruth Dickson on July 26, 2008 at 3:07pm — 4 Comments

saXas Quatuor

This week I had the pleasure of attending a recital given by this extremely talented quartet of swiss-latino saxophones who boast the palindromic name of "saXas". The ensemble played jazzed-up versions of La Danza, Historia del Tango and Suite Hellenica among others.



Mélanie Clivaz, founder of the ensemble and alto saxophone player, is hypnotic. While performing the Suite Hellenica I could just imagine this delicate pale woman in a void in which she shined… Continue

Added by Rosa on July 26, 2008 at 2:30pm — 1 Comment

A Place For Smart People

So far my experience with Atheist Nexus has been all positive. :)

I've met some cool people and learned a lot of stuff too, mostly depressing political stuff that I've had to then blog about.

You know, of course, atheists are more intelligent than bible thumpers, right? According to Richard Lynn and 2 other smart guys, we are.… Continue

Added by Neece on July 26, 2008 at 12:41pm — No Comments

Tim Pawlenty, veto machine!

It's been reported this week that John "McSame" McCain has been cavorting with his potential V.P. candidates. One name that's supposedly high on his list is Minnesota Governor Tim "T-Paw" Pawlenty. If Dick Cheney was the dark emperor from 'Star Wars' this guy wouldn't just be his Darth Vader...he'd kill him in a bid for power and use the corpse as a chair.



Those outside Minnesota likely know very little about 'little Timmy from Maple Grove' so I felt the need to share this article… Continue

Added by Hessenroots on July 26, 2008 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Ancient Artifacts Subjected to Sacred Spin

[I first posted this lengthy review on my MySpace blog last year.]





I recently went to see an exhibition billed as "Ancient Treasures of the Holy Land" housed in the Embarcadero Building at Fair Park of Dallas. Fair Park has some fine museums, but the Embarcadero Building isn't one of them; it's just a general-purpose building with lots of space, usually given over to agricultural exhibits during the State Fair of Texas or various attractions during the North Texas IrishFest.… Continue

Added by Wordplayer on July 26, 2008 at 10:30am — No Comments

Wingnut morons verbally masturbate each other

"Seventy-five-thousand people at an outdoor sports palace, well, that's something the Fuehrer would have done"



Courtesy of none other then Ben Stein. Who else could say something so earth-shatteringly moronic?



How about CNN's Glenn Beck? In conversation with Stein:



"I've been -- I've been saying that we're headed towards a Mussolini-style presidency forever"…



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Added by Hessenroots on July 26, 2008 at 8:30am — 4 Comments

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